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After having been seen leaving Sunday’s game with crutches and a protective walking boot, Julian Edelman saw his season officially come to an end when the New England Patriots placed the wide receiver and punt returner on injured reserve on Tuesday.
To replace him on the roster, the Patriots signed wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth.
It is reported by WEEI that Edelman suffered a broken foot against the Miami Dolphins and would require surgery. The loss is a major one for both the Patriots offense and return game. For the season, Edelman had 21 receptions on 32 targets for 235 yards and three touchdowns. 12 of the fourth-year receiver’s catches went for first downs. Edelman also had 263 return yards, including his electric 68-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts to break the game wide open.
And Pats fans won’t soon forget his contributions during the Thanksgiving shellacking of the New York Jets, when Edelman returned a fumbled kickoff return by the Jets 22 yards for the Patriots’ third touchdown in under a minute.
His replacement, Stallworth, won’t be going through his first stint in New England. The oft-maligned nine-year veteran played with the Patriots in the vaunted (and now infamous) 2007 offense, and was also signed to be part of the Patriots preseason training camp before being cut from the 53-man roster. Stallworth will provide some much needed depth at wide receiver for the Patriots, who were down to Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and special teams captain Matthew Slater at the position before signing Stallworth.